This week a good friend and law partner circulated a Teddy Roosevelt quote on immigration, reminding us why he will always be one of our greatest Presidents:
‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage
to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.’
As a first generation American, the son of Cuban political exiles, these words ring true. We were raised that way. I firmly believe that we would have less political disagreements in this town, and across the country, if folks focused on what unites us rather than what makes us different.